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Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012

Anfield abuse suspect out on bail


LIVERPOOL, England — The man arrested on suspicion of racially abusing an Oldham player during an F.A. Cup match at Liverpool was released on bail by police on Sunday pending further inquiries.

Defender Tom Adeyemi was reduced to tears by insults from fans during Friday's loss at Anfield and had to be comforted by teammates and opposing players toward the end of the third-round match.

Merseyside police arrested a 20-year-old man from Aintree on Saturday on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offense.

Adeyemi, who is black, has now spoken to police, according to the players' union.

"We can confirm that he was the victim of racist abuse towards the end of the Liverpool vs. Oldham F.A. Cup tie," said Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association. "This abuse came from a spectator sitting in the Kop section of the ground."

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